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oes it really make a difference which college of a biblical worldview. Our desire is for our students to 
you attend?" The answer to that question is a follow Paul's injunction to "bring every thought into cap- 
theme that weaves its way through the pages of tivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). 
this issue of Bryan Life. God is honored by the telling of I am convinced that the history of our nation is writ- 
these stories that feature our current students, our new ten by the teachings imparted on college campuses, 
graduates, and our faithful alumni who are making a dif- There is great hope for our nation and the peoples of the 
ference in their worlds. world as Bryan continues to graduate students who have a 

On May 5, 2007 seniors eagerly traversed the platform life-long desire to serve their Savior by making a differ- 
to receive their diplomas and other awards for a job well ence in their world. 


done — giving tangible evi- 
dence of the reward of many 
years of diligent work by 
both students and their pro- 
fessors. Although com- 
mencements are common at 
every college, the kind of edu- 
cation Bryan graduates receive is unique. 

During the spring semester I had an interesting con- 
versation with a member of our women's basketball team 
who was part of this graduating class. She told me that 
she had attended three colleges before transferring to 
Bryan from another Christian college two years ago. "I 
want you to know," she said to me, "what Bryan has 
meant to me spiritually. This is the first college where I 
have seen a consistency between the teachings of the 
Bible and what is taught and lived out on the campus. I 
couldn't be happier to have come to Bryan." 

By holding to absolute truth and by nurturing the 
freedom to know and love Jesus Christ through disciple- 
ship and spiritual formation, Bryan is producing a genera- 
tion of leaders who look at their world through the lens 

...Bryan is producing a 

Because Wayne, '74, and 
Diane Cropp know that 
generation Of leaders Who lOOk Bryan did make a difference 
. i • i i -l i ■ l i in Wayne's life and that of 

at their world through the lens 

his siblings, the campus 
Of a biblical WOrldvieW. family and visitors now 

enjoy a beautiful and signifi- 
cant collection of art, "The Magnificent Fifty: 
Foundation of Faith," that hangs in the second floor of 
Mercer Hall. With a significant gift to his alma mater, 
Wayne has chosen to honor his parents who sacrificed so 
that Wayne could be a Bryan student. What a great 
investment by John and Patricia Cropp and what an 
example set for all Bryan alums by Wayne and Diane. 

Yes, it really does make a difference where you attend 
college. Bryan College: Educating students to become 
servants of Christ to make a difference in today's world. 

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 

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Bryan celebrates Graduation 2007 

A red-letter day for Bryan's Class of 2007 had a 
star-spangled lining as the graduation program 
included commissioning one graduate as an 
officer in the United States Marine Corps. 

Two hundred graduates received their degrees, eight 
members of the Class of 1957 received their Golden 
Anniversary diplomas, and one of those alumni was 
presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 
degree in Bryan's 74th commencement on May 5. 

With some 1,600 guests gathered on the Triangle 
lawn, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay told grad- 
uates, "I commend you for persevering in the pursuit of 
your degrees, for triumphing over many obstacles to 
obtain this goal set before you. 

"I commend you today to unlock the secret of a 
successful life — of yielding yourselves anew each day in 
humble obedience to God's word and grasping His 
hand of guidance. I commend you to God's providen- 
tial hand for care and keeping. 

"I charge you with honoring the motto of your alma 
mater — Christ Above All — for as you honor and live 
out that motto, you honor Bryan College and all who 
have gone on before you representing Bryan through- 
out the world. 

"I charge you with leading lives of excellence — lives 
of leadership in the vocation to which you are called 
and have been prepared. May God enable you to make 
a difference in your world. 

2 Christ above all 

"And finally, and most significantly, I charge you to 
live out the greatest of commandments — to love the 
Lord your God with all your heart, all your strength, 
and all your mind, and to love your neighbor as your- 

Festivities began Friday with the Golden Graduates' 
dinner, a Vespers service for the graduates, and a recep- 
tion at the home of President and Mrs. Livesay. 

In his remarks to the Class of 1957, Dr. Livesay 
complimented them for their years of service to the 
Lord, their example to current students, and their sup- 
port for the college. He said Bryan's motto, Christ 
Above All, is and will remain a constant reminder that 
every endeavor of the college must be carried out in 
ways that honor our Lord. 

That theme surfaced again in his remarks to the 
Class of 2007. "I just came from meeting with the 
Golden Graduates. They have kept the faith," he said. 
"Your greatest testimony when you come back in 2057 
for your golden graduation is that you will be able to 
say that you kept the faith. 

"We on this campus want to keep Bryan College 
what it is, but to dig down deeper and become more 
salt and light in the world. 

"I challenge you to make a difference. You are going 
to have to get out of the boat if you are going to walk 
on water. Get out of the boat. Do something only the 
Lord can do through you." 


Graduate John Schindler, 
speaking for his classmates, 
pointed out that Dr. Livesay 
arrived at Bryan "with us. Like 
us, he was the new kid on the 
block. But the college has moved 
forward under his leadership." 
College "was a struggle for some, a 
breeze for others" but Bryan has "molded and shaped 
[us] into men and women." 

John Stonestreet, assistant professor of Bible and 
director of the Summit at Bryan College, spoke at the 
invitation of the graduates. He encouraged them to not 
celebrate some things at graduation. 

"Don't celebrate that you're finished," he said. 
"College is not about being finished. The purpose of 
education is not to get educated but to prepare for what 

Be an ambassador. 

Live life, protect life, 
proclaim life. 
John Stonestreet 

are put on. 

"You're not finished. You don't finish learning, liv- 
ing in community, growing, being tested. 

"Don't celebrate that you're now ready to enter the 
real world. You've always been in the real world. This 

place is filled with real people, real 
decisions, real consequences. You 
may transition from one place to 
another, but you are in the real 

At the same time, he pointed 
out that as Christians "our cele- 
brations are contextualized because 
they are centered on God's faithfulness." 

Mr. Stonestreet called on the graduates to "be 
activists. We are called to be human, we are called to be 
creative. Live life, don't be afraid to be human. 

"Be an alien. At the end of the day we are supposed 
to do things differently. We are not supposed to be 
aliens from the earth, but from the world. Don't go 
around the world, go through it. 

"Be an ambassador. Live life, protect life, proclaim 

happens for the rest of your life. This is a trajectory you life." 

Following Vespers, the graduates moved to the 
home of Dr. and Mrs. Livesay for a reception, which 
was cut short by rain that began to fall about 9 p.m. 

Although the clouds lingered Saturday morning, the 
rain stopped in time for a squad of Operations person- 

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(Left) Members of the Class of 1957 were honored during their Golden 
Graduation reunion at commencement. Pictured, from left, front, are Judy 
King Barth, Charlotte Wilde Schoettle, and Donna Black Cornelius. Back 
are Jim Barth, Ken Hanna, Helen Bush Archer, Shirley J urliss Hobson, and 
Shirley Smiley Klingsmith. (Right) Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 
presents former President Dr. Kenneth G. Hanna his honorary Doctor of 
Humane Letters diploma. 

nel to wipe down the 1,800 seats that had been placed 
on the Triangle for the graduation service. 

Following a longstanding tradition, addresses were 
presented by representatives of the graduation class. 
Destiny Gordon, speaking for graduates in the Aspire 
degree completion program, credited the program with 
helping her achieve a dream of earning her diploma. In 
addition, the coursework was immediately applicable in 
her job. 

"One of the first assignments in Aspire was to read 
an essay entitled 'Essay on the Nature of Mankind 
According to Scripture.' It talked about how we are 
made in the image of God and how God made 
mankind in His image. This was something I knew, but 
applying it to the world of business became a first-hand 
truth when I received a promotion at my job. I looked 
at my occupation, which was a leadership role, and tried 
to always consider the principles outlined in the essay." 

Beth Starbuck, speaking for the traditional gradu- 
ates, challenged her classmates to beware of the post- 

modern philosophy of tolerance and not deviate from 
truth, no matter how difficult that may be. 

"I believe the real challenge we have before us is not 
to persuade everyone that we are right or to win every 
apologetic argument. If we truly desire to make an eter- 
nal difference with a world that teaches tolerance, our 
biggest challenge is to speak the truth in love. 

"My prayer for this graduating class is that we will 
not be swept under the current of the philosophy of 
our culture. Instead, may we build relationships with 
people who oppose our views, and demonstrate that 
Christian love trumps tolerance at all times." 

A patriotic touch was added to the service as 
Jonathan Lucas, who received a B.S. degree in biology, 
took his oath as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine 
Corps. After his parents, Robert and Joan Lucas of 
Waldorf, Md., pinned the insignia of rank on his shoul- 
ders, he received his first salute as an officer from 
Marine Cpl. Jeff Ruark, a member of the Class of 2008, 
who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. 

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Kauffman moves to academics 

Laura Kaufmann has been named assistant academic 
vice president, assuming some of the responsibili- 
ties relinquished as Dr. Ken Froemke moves from 
his position as dean of instruction to a new position as 
accreditation liaison, Academic Vice President Dr. Calvin 
White has announced. 

The changes became effective June 1. 

Dr. White said Dr. Froemke has been asking for some 
time to curtail some of his responsibilities, and his new 
position will concentrate his attention on areas which 
match his strengths and the college's needs. 

Ms. Kaufmann will retain her position as director of 
the library and will assume responsibilities from Dr. 
Froemke including directing the liberal arts major, oversee- 
ing the curriculum committee, and faculty development. 

"We have been talking to Ms. Kaufmann for about five 
years about expanding her role at Bryan," Dr. White said. 
"The president, Dr. Froemke, and I have looked at her as a 
leader, a good thinker, a strategic planner. She has a long 
history with the college and the faculty respects her." 

Ms. Kaufmann is a 1987 Bryan graduate and this year 
completed 10 years of service at the college. 

"I'm prayerfully eager for a change from library admin- 
istration, much as I've loved that, and I'm excited to see 
how the Lord is shaping our alma mater's future," Ms. 
Kaufmann said. 

In her tenure as library director she has overseen con- 
struction of a library facility separate from the college 
administration building, a doubling in size of the collec- 
tion, doubling of the staff, and quintupled use of library 
materials. The library's Association of College and 
Research Libraries rating has risen from a "C" 10 years 
ago to an "A" today. 

Her appointment is part of the administration's plan 
to provide raise enrollment to 1,200 in the traditional pro 
gram in the next several years, requiring a growth in facul 
ty, staff and academic programs, Dr. White said. 

Froemke to focus on accreditation 

For the third time in his nearly 
30 years at Bryan, Dr. Ken 
Froemke is moving out of the 
academic arena, this time to a position 
designed to ensure the college remains 
in compliance with accreditation 

O Christ above all 

Dr. Froemke, a 1968 Bryan gradu- 
ate, returned to his alma mater in 1978 
as a professor in the education depart- 
ment after 10 years of teaching and 
counseling in public schools. A year 
later, then-President Dr. Theodore C. 
Mercer asked him to create a counsel- 

ing office, where he stayed for eight 

"Eventually we had two full-time 
counselors," he said. "We did career 
screening, personal and academic 
counseling and had an extensive test- 
ing program." 


Ken andMarcy Froemke 

He returned to the education 
department as the department head 
and assumed leadership 
for that department's 
reaccreditation review 
by the state in 1993. 
As a result of that 
successful process, 

then-President Dr. William E. Brown 
asked him to again leave the educa- 
tion department and become dean of 
institutional effectiveness and prepare 
for reaccreditation of the college by 
the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools in 1994. He accepted 
that challenge and established a model 
which has been adopted by a number 
of other Christian colleges. 

During Dr. Brown's presidency 
Dr. Froemke was drawn back to the 
academic program, becoming head of 
the liberal arts major, in addition to 
his other responsibilities. 

"In 2004, we had a very good 
reaccreditation visit by the Southern 

Association's Commission on 
Colleges team," Dr. Froemke said. 
"But the work load has continued to 
grow. Our president (Dr. Stephen D 
Livesay) is aggressively pursuing new 
programs such as the MBA degree. 
All of these involve writing proposals 
to the Commission on Colleges, 
developing self studies, and coordi- 
nating site visits. Since the MBA was 
approved last year, that has consumed 
a lot of time." 

Under the leadership of Dr. Cal 
White, academic vice president, Dr. 
Froemke 's title was changed to dean 

Froemke is cutting ties with Bryan 
academics to focus on other college 

He said there are two things of 
which he is particularly proud in his 
service to the college. The successful 
accreditation visits for the college in 
2004 and the MBA program in 2006 
are significant because "Dr. Livesay 
told me it is unheard of for a visit to 
conclude with only two or three rec- 
ommendations, as we did with both 
of these." The other is serving as a 
confidential sounding board for Dr. 

Ms. Laura 
who will 

...This is the best way I can 
contribute to the college before I retire. 

Dr. Ken Froemke 


of instruction and he was given addi- 
tional responsibilities for orienting 
and mentoring new faculty members, 
evaluating current faculty, and chair- 
ing the curriculum committee. 

"After these many years at Bryan, 
I felt it was time to cut back," he said. 
"I thought I'd concentrate solely on 
the position of accreditation liaison 
that the Commission on Colleges 
mandated. It's a three-page job 
description they are requiring member 
schools to implement, and I thought 
this is the best way I could continue 
to contribute to the college before I 

So, for the third time, Dr. 

assume some 
of Dr. 
academic responsibilities in her new 
position as assistant academic vice 
president, said, "He has accomplished 
invaluable (and seemingly impossible) 
successes in the accreditation process 
that have meant the difference 
between Bryan's thriving or being 
sidelined. He's certainly among those 
alumni who have contributed signifi- 
cantly to our alma mater." 

Ken is married to Dr. MARCY 
assistant professor in Bryan's 
Department of Education. They 
would like to hear from friends by 
email at or 

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Cropp family helps deck the halls 

A I i^ s °PP ortun ity was perfect; it 

I fit." Wayne Cropp, 74, was 

M speaking of the new look in 
the corridors of the first and second 
floors of Mercer Hall, which have 
become a showcase for a unique 
exhibit of watercolor paintings of the 
50 state capitols. 

In November 2006, Mr. Cropp 
and his wife, Diane, approached 
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. 
Livesay about making some kind of 
gift to honor Wayne's parents. 

"Bryan College is a great institu- 
tion, one that I love and one that has 
meant a lot to our family," Mr. Cropp 
said. "All four of the Cropp children 
went to Bryan. We came from humble 
circumstances, and it was a sacrifice, a 
commitment that my parents made to 
provide a Christian education for us. 
My desire was to recognize the sacri- 
fice my parents made to send all four 
of us to Bryan." 

The dreams that became the 
showcase for the "Magnificent Fifty" 
began several years ago. Following 
reconstruction of Mercer Hall after 
the fire of 2000, suitable decoration 
of the corridors was delayed as other 
needs of the college were addressed. 

About the same time, Dayton 
watercolor artist Sue Wilhoit was 
exhibiting paintings of Tennessee 
courthouses in Washington, DC. She 
had the idea then to paint each state 
capitol, a project which she plans to 
complete in the next 1 8 months. 

"I checked with the National 
Archives and Smithsonian Institution 
to see when something artistic rather 

From lefty artist Sue Wilhoit; Melissa Cleveland, who framed the prints; and Patricia 
and John Cropp, parents of Wayne Cropp. 

than photographic like this had been 
done. I thought it would be unique 
for a single artist to do all 50 capi- 

Dr. and Mrs. Livesay suggested 
that the Cropp s underwrite the cost 
of lighting and decorative elements to 
provide suitable display space for 
prints of Mrs. Wilhoit's paintings, 
with the addition of statements from 
each state's historic documents point- 
ing out this country's Christian her- 

"He mentioned that, and it 
seemed so natural for me," Mr. Cropp 
said. "My personal interest in art 
tends toward a combination of land- 
scapes and architecture. What Sue has 
done fit with that. Architecture and 

nature can both glorify God. That 
was the unifying theme we wanted, 
honoring my parents and glorifying 

"We have a prayer that this art 
will speak in somebody's life. We 
want somebody someday to see it all 
come together as they never had 
before they viewed this beautiful 
exhibit, that history, nature, and 
architecture can glorify God and tell 
us about our Christian heritage in 
this nation." 

Mrs. Livesay explained that a 
committee of faculty, staff, students 
and trustees worked with an interior 
designer to translate plans into reali- 
ty. On May 4, the exhibit on the sec- 
ond floor was dedicated. 

O Christ above all 

Vice President for Advancement 
Robert F. Davis said the Cropps' gift 
illustrates how needs of the college 
and desires of alumni and friends to 
create a lasting memorial can work 

"Bryan College has a long list of 
special ways through which alumni 
may speak through their philanthro- 
py," Mr. Davis said. Individuals inter- 
ested in discussing this idea may call 
Mr. Davis at 423-775-7323. 

Mr. Cropp added that the project 
his gift made possible is both a recog- 
nition of the efforts of the college to 
educate students to become servants 
of Christ to make a difference in the 
world and of the blessings he has 
enjoyed personally. 

"Bryan College does not have a 
large endowment," he said. "I think 
of all the graduates who have been 
missionaries, ministers, or educators, 
doing things that are very important 

The Cropp family celebrate the completion of the "Magnificent Fifty" showcase at Bryan 
College with Dr. and Mrs. Tivesay and Sue Wilhoit. 

to the kingdom of God, as a result of own and sell a business. When I sold 

their Christian education. However, the business, I had the opportunity to 

while saving up treasures in Heaven, make a contribution to Bryan College, 

those vocations generally do not make and this opportunity was perfect, a 

you rich here on earth. good fit." 

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Team ministers 
in Santo Domingo 

Ministry and basketball was an irresistible com- 
bination for Sarah Coffman and six Lady 
Lions teammates as they traveled to Santo 
Domingo May 9-16 in a trip coordinated by Score 

Asst. Coach Corey Mullins said a ministry trip such 
as this is part of the program's regular schedule, 
designed to enable team members to use their basketball 
skills to share the Gospel in another culture. 

That was just what Sarah wanted. "I'm very interest- 
ed in missions; I'm considering going into missions after 
I graduate," she said. "My vision of missions is that 
God has called us to share the Gospel. Plus, I thought 
this would be a cool opportunity to go and play basket- 

Playing basketball obviously wasn't the top priority for 
the trip as the pre-game schedule usually called for the 
team to be on the road at 8 a.m. to a ministry site, either 
a sugar cane village or an orphanage. 

Coach Mullins said once they reached their site, "we'd 
spend about two hours there, playing with the kids. Two 
team members would give their testimonies and our inter- 
preter would present the Gospel. We'd eat lunch, then 
take the bus to Santo Domingo to play a basketball game 
in the early afternoon. 

He said the sugar cane villages "are the most primi- 
tive villages you ever saw. They are right outside the sugar 
cane fields. It's eye-opening to see how other people live 
and to see kids that don't have much, but are still happy. 
They were excited to see us, to show us their village and 
to show us the games they play." 

Sarah said giving her testimony through an interpreter 

lO Christ above all 

Senior Sarah Coffman, a member of the Lady Lions basketball 
team, ministered to the children of Santo Domingo on a team mis- 
sion trip in May. She said her most memorable moment of the trip 
was singing to a little orphan girl named Maria. 

was difficult because "I would be thinking in English 
while the translator was talking in Spanish, and I wanted 
to hear what he was saying." 

Her most memorable moment came without the aid 
of an interpreter. One day the team visited an orphanage 
for handicapped children. "I have a real passion for kids," 
she said, "but I had never been to an orphanage, let alone 
one where there are so many children with physical limi- 
tations. I really didn't know how to handle that, so the 
day before I really prayed." 

Team members stopped by the beds of the children 
and tried to converse with them despite the language bar- 
rier. "I came to a little girl named Maria. All she could do 
was move her hands. I was holding her hands in mine, 

and when I ran out of things to say I started singing 
"Maria" from "West Side Story." She got the most beauti- 
ful smile on her face, and I started crying." 

In the late afternoon, the girls played their scheduled 
basketball games, facing teams which included profession- 
al players and top amateurs from the Dominican 

"Women's basketball is really picking up there," Coach 
Mullins said. "Most of the guys play baseball, but the 
women play basketball. The basketball there was really 
good. All the teams we faced were extremely disciplined 
and very athletic." 

The Lady Lions went 1-3 on their trip, but the key for 
them was sharing their testimonies afterward. Sophomore Kay /in Carswell plays with a group of lively children 

Sarah explained that their group leader told them "the f rom Santo Domn & ' Each da ^ La ^ Uom team memhm muld 
girls had heard the Gospel, but she said it takes about two 

years from the time they first hear until they begin to 
understand and are ready to make a decision. A couple of 
girls that we met accepted Christ." 

God working in lives was what the trip was all about, 
and Coach Mullins said that happened. "There wasn't one 

spend a few hours playing with children and 
After lunch, they would play a basketball game. 

the gospel 

outstanding event, just a whole lot of good stuff that 
happened," he said. "Every game and in the villages we 
could see God working in the lives of people in unique 

Athletes receive post-season honors 

Bryan student-athletes who 
received post-season honors 
this spring included: 
Women's Basketball 
♦Brittany Swanson: Appalachian 
Athletic Conference Player of the 
Year award (second year in a row) 

♦Kellie Thurman: All-Conference 
First Team. 

♦Katie Davis: All- Conference 
Third Team. 

♦Coach Matt Bollant was named 
AAC Co-Coach of the Year. 
Men's Basketball 
♦Versell Wells: All-Conference 
Second Team. 

♦Tyler Cooke, Kyle Terry: 
Academic All-Conference Team. 

♦Alex White: AAC All-Freshman 


♦Drew Fredrich: All-Conference. 

♦Jeremy Deal, Will Newman, Ben 
Wharton, Michael Kent: Honorable 
Mention All-Conference. 

♦Ben Wharton: Rawlings Gold 
Glove Award, outfielder, NAIA 
Region XII. 

♦Drew Friedrich: Honorable 
Mention All- Region Team 

♦Drew Friedrich, Jeremy Deal, Will 
Newman, Ben Wharton, Matt Day, 
Ben Young: NCCAA All-Region 

♦Michael Kent: NCCAA 
Honorable Mention All-Region Team. 

♦Drew Friedrich: NCCAA 
Honorable Mention All- American. 

Men's Cross Country 

(Second place in AAC and 
Region 12 Championships in Men's 
Cross Country) 

♦Daniel Goetz: ACC All 
Conference Cross Country, Region 12 
All Region Team Cross Country, and 
NAIA National Championship quali- 
fier in Cross Country, Indoor Track, 
and Outdoor Track. 

♦Josh Bradley: AAC Cross Country 
All Freshman Team and NAIA 
National Championship qualifier in 
Indoor Track, Outdoor Track. 

♦Zach Buffington: AAC Cross 
Country All Freshman Team. 

Women's Cross Country 

♦Bailey Payne: AAC Cross Country 

Bryan Life 11 



Mrs. Jody Cheon, Mrs. Tiffany 
Christian, Mr. Bryan Day, Mr. 
Christopher Henderson, Mr. 
Michael Sapienza and Ms. Kim 

Tuttle attended the Southern 
Association for College Admission 
Counseling annual conference in 
Atlanta in April. 

Dr. Steve deGeorge spent two weeks 
in the Czech Republic and Poland in 
May. He advised schools and present- 
ed seminars at a teacher's conference 
on behalf of the Association of 
Christian Schools International 
(ACSI). He was part of the State 
Department of Education Review 
Committee for alternative teacher 
licensure programs in Nashville, 
Tenn., and was part of the visiting 
team for the ACSI review of 
Covenant College's education pro- 

Dr. Marcy Froemke attended the 
Association of Christian Schools 
International convention in 
Birmingham, Ala., in February. 

Miss Matthea Hungerford received 
the Graduate Student Award for 
Outstanding Research Paper from 
Indiana State University for the work 
she did on her Master's thesis. The 
award is presented to the graduate 
student whose work, in the view of 
the faculty, made the greatest impact 

or added most to the field. She also 
presented a poster titled "ATEP 
Course Placement Affects First-time 
Pass Rate of Written Examination" at 
the 2007 Southeast Athletic Trainers' 
Association annual research seminar 
in Franklin, Tenn., in March. The 
poster was based on her Master's the- 

Dr. Doug Kennard presented two 
papers at the Society for Christian 
Philosophers meeting in April at 
Columbia International University in 
South Carolina. The papers are 
"Biblical Anthropology as a Creation 
and Revelation Framework for Doing 
Bio-Ethics with a "Focus on Soul," 
and "Biblical Anthropology as a 
Creation and Revelation Framework 
for Doing Bio-Ethics with an 
Emphasis on Image of God." 

Dr. Dana Kennedy has completed 
all her course work for the Master's of 
Science degree in Public Health with 
a 4.0 grade average, and has had her 
doctoral prospectus approved. 

Dr. David Luther was featured in a 
profile in the Chattanooga Times Free 
Press in March. 

Mr. Bruce Morgan spoke at a cele- 
bration of Black History Month at 
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church 
in Dayton, Tenn., in February. 

Dr. Jeff Myers hosted the Wisdom 
Trek conference for Passing the 
Baton International in Rome, Ga., in 
March. He traveled to Hawaii and 
Philippines to speak and to train 
Passing the Baton speakers in April. 
In May he was the keynote speaker at 
the Oklahoma Home Educators 
Conference, and delivered the gradua- 
tion address at Donelson Christian 
Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He was 
the graduation and workshop speaker 
at New Testament Christian School in 
Plymouth, Mass., May 30-June 2. 

Dr. Drew Randle spoke at the youth 
retreats of New Union Baptist 
Church and of Grace Bible Church, 
both of Dayton, Tenn., in February. 

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay attended the Dr. Clark Rose has received confir- 

Tennessee Independent Colleges and 
Universities president's meeting in 
Nashville and the American 
Association of Presidents of 
Independent Colleges and 
Universities conference in Scottsdale, 
Ariz., in February. 

mation of his licensure as a licensed 
professional counselor with a mental 
health service provider designation in 

12 Christ above all 

Dr. Jack Traylor served as public 
address announcer for the National 
Association of Christian Athletics 
national invitational Christian high 
school basketball tournament in 
February and March. 

Dr. Ken Turner was the conference 
speaker for a youth/ college retreat in 
Las Vegas, Nev, in February 

Dr. Cal White, Dr. Clark Rose, and 
Miss Laura Kaufmann attended a 
council for Independent Colleges' 
conference on libraries in Portland, 
Ore., Feb. 28-March 3. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit sang with the 
Chattanooga Bach Choir in concerts 
in Signal Mountain, Tenn., and 
Dalton, Ga., in April. He performed a 
trumpet solo during a Mardi Gras 
fund-raising dinner for the choir in 
February. His article, "John Newton: 
Beyond Amazing Grace," was pub- 
lished in the collections Minds and 
Hearts in Praise of God: Essays in 
Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. 
McElrath (Providence House). He 
has been invited to deliver a lecture 
on the same subject at the annual 
conference of The Hymn Society in 
United States and Canada in July. 

Mr. John Stonestreet spoke in 
Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mexico 
and Canada in March. 

Faculty and staff members who left the college at the end of the 2006-07 
school year include, from left, L/oyd Milligan, instructor and missionary-in- 
residence; Julian Williamson, assistant professor of communication studies; 
Matthea Hungerford, instructor in health science; and Keith Bates, 
HVAC mechanic. Mr. Milligan will assume full-time responsibilities with 
Wy cliff e Bible Translators, Mr. Williamson will work full-time on a film 
project over the next several years. Ms. Hungerford is returning to her alma 
mater, Gardner-Webb University, to take an athletic training position. Mr. 
Bates has taken a position in private industry. 

Bollant named head coach 
for NCAA Division 1 Team 

Women's basketball Coach Matt Bollant has been named head coach of the 
NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball 
team. In his five years at Bryan, the Lady Lions posed a 134-38 record and 
made four straight trips to the NAIA national tournament. His first year the 
team played in the NCCAA national tournament. 

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1940s •; 1960s %; 

NELL PEARSON, '49, has faced 
health struggles this year as surgery to 
replace a hip replacement revealed 
problems from the original operation 
that made the planned replacement 
unwise. She requests prayer as she 
faces a difficult rehabilitation. 

Class Representative 
1967: Bob Andrews 

JANINE SLOCUM, '69, lives in 
Greenville, S.C., where she is adminis- 
trator of a renewal program for 
women involved in drug and alcohol 

m ^ — ^ m aouse. 

1950s •> 197Q ,, 

Class Representatives ^^^ 

Class Representatives 
1954: Ginny Seguine Schatz 
1956: Bud Schatz 

Jim and Adrienne Reese (left) 
John and Lenore Kaiser (right) 

REESE, both '56, and Dr. JOHN 

KAISER, both '79, had their own 
Bryan alumni meeting in Canada in 
April. John is president of the 
Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist 
Churches in Canada, and Jim and 
Adrienne have been serving 
Fellowship churches for 45 years. 

14 Christ above all 

Class Representative 
1971: Maye Hayes Jepson 

MAYE (HAYES) JEPSON, '71, has 

been named to the national board of 
directors of Stonecroft Ministries, a 
non-denominational, non-profit 
organization headquartered in Kansas 
City, Mo., with the vision of provid- 
ing global leadership in reaching 
women for Jesus Christ. Maye and her 
husband PHIL, '70, live in 
Richmond, Va. 

STEVE CRISWELL, '78, is the spe- 
cial teams coordinator and assistant 
offensive and defensive lines coach 
for the Dallas Desperadoes, an Arena 
Football League team. 
Steve and his wife, LORI (UTZ), 
'79x, are co-founders of The 
Edgewood Co. of Virginia, Inc., a 
multi-faceted transportation and logis- 

tics company, and Edgewood 
Properties, LLC, a business properties 
purchase and revitalization company 
in Ashland, Va. Steve and Lori, par- 
ents of ASHLEY, '06, live in Aylett, 

DANNY JELLEY, '77, and his wife, 
Robbie, live in Hendersonville, Tenn., 
a suburb of Nashville, where Danny 
is vice president of development for 
Agio International, the largest manu- 
facturer of outdoor furniture for the 
U.S. market. He "commutes" to 
China where the products are manu- 
factured eight to 10 times a year. 
Danny and Robbie have been married 
28 years and have two daughters and 
a son. 

1980s %; 

Class Representatives 
1980: Tom Branson 
1984: Paulakay Franks 
1985: Steve Stewart 
1986: Gina Lyles Hays 
1987: Laura Kaufmann 
1988: Brett Roes 
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders 

BRUCE MORGAN, '82, Bryan 
College dean of students, completed 
of his Master's degree in Higher 
Education from Geneva College in 

MARTHA (ARDELEAN), '83, and 
Doug WEYGANDT took a missions 
trip vacation to Brazil in July 2006, 
and visited RICK, '83x, and KIM 
(FIORI), '83, PARKER while there. 
They spent time in the Amazon rain 
forest helping Rick and Kim prepare 
for a trip to a camp for underprivi- 
leged teens, and sightseeing in Brasilia 
where Martha had graduated from 
high school. 

CHERYL (JOHNSON), '84, and 
Greg RYLE added 2-year-old Talitha 
to their family on Aug. 14, 2006. 
Talitha joins older siblings Meghan, 5, 
Matt, Jeremy, and Ben. Cheryl teaches 
sixth grade at Quisqueya Christian 
School in Haiti. 

COLLEEN (FISCHER), '86, and 
John MISIOLEK live in Clementon, 
N.J., where they help run the youth 
ministries at their church. Their chil- 
dren are Matt, 1 6, a high school soph- 
omore; Danielle, 15, a freshman; and 
Andy, 12, who is home schooled. 
Danielle and several friends travel 
each week to Walter Reed Army 
Medical Center to talk with injured 
soldiers and assist them in their craft 

GLENN MCCLAIN, '87, received 
the Doctor of Education degree from 
the University of Northern Colorado 
in May. His major is in educational 
leadership and policy studies. In 
reporting this achievement he said, 
"My academic success has its roots in 
my experience at Bryan College. Many 
of the skills that I have used academi- 

cally and professionally I honed on 
the Hill under the tutelage of Bryan 
professors." Glen serves as superin- 
tendent of schools for the Platte 
Valley School District in Kersey, Colo. 
He and his wife, SHAWNA 
(BUCKLEN), '86, have three chil- 
dren, Glenn III, 13; Seth, 11; and 
Helen, 5. 

BONNIE (WAGLER), '88, and 

Chris WILLIAMS announce the 

birth of their daughter, Christina 

Grace, on 

Jan. 2. 


weighed 8 

lbs., 5 oz., 

and was 20 

inches long. 

She joins big brother Tyler and big 

sister Kaylie. The Williams family 

lives in Dade City, Fla. 

DEBRA (MASTERS), '89 and Tim 

SCHROEDER announce the birth 
of their seventh child, Abigail Rose, 
on Dec. 18, 2006. Abigail joins sib- 
lings Buck, 15; Ethan, 13; Hannah, 
11; Isaac, 7; Levi, 4; and Noah, 2. The 
Schroeder family lives in Sebring, Fla. 

Christina Williams 

Schroeder Children 

1990s %; 

Class Representative 

1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson 

A group of former basketball players 
and other alumni gathered at the 
home of JOHN, '95, and ANGELA 
(GRIGGS), '94, SPEARS in 
Alpharetta, Ga., for a weekend of fun 
centered around the NCAA national 
basketball tournament in Atlanta. 
Pictured, from left, are TIM MCIN- 
'94; JOHN SPEARS, '95; PETE 
CAUSEY, '95; Coach Morris 
Michalski; BRYAN ECK, '96; 
BOSTIC, '97; SHAWN HILL, '95; 

Basketball Reunion 

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alumni chapters 

Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dayton, OH 

Officers: Tim Combs, '90 

Mark Combs, 79 

Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

• ## 
Dayton, TN j£ 

Being organised 

Kansas City, MO #^^ 

Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 ^* 

Knoxville, TN 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 
Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

Philadelphia, PA 

Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

Phoenix, AZ 

Being organised 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 
Barry Gilman, '69 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

Alumni Council: Ginny Schatz, 
'54, Bud Schatz, '56, Faith Heitzer, 
'69, Joe Runyon, '79, Tom Branson, 
'80, Ed Fickley, '89, Barton Stone, 
'05, For information about jour alumni 
chapter or to help organise a chapter in 
jour area, contact the Alumni Office by 
email at or bj phone 
at 423-775-7297. 

lO Christ above all 

Sarigumba Family 

ROBIN (WEDEKIND), '92, and 

Dean SARIGUMBA announce the 
birth of their second son, Mitchell 
Simon, on Feb. 16. Mitchell joins big 
brother, Dominic, 2. Robin stays at 
home with the boys and Dean works 
at Home Shopping Network in opera- 
tions. The Sarigumba family lives in 
Clearwater, Fla. 

CHUCK REED, '92, is senior pastor 
at Goodlettsville, Tenn., Cumberland 
Presbyterian Church. Since graduating 
from Bryan, Chuck has earned a 
Master of Arts degree from Dallas 
Theological Seminary, a Doctor of 
Ministry degree from Trinity 
Evangelical Divinity School and is 
working on a Ph.D. degree from 
Trinity. Chuck lives in Greenbrier, 
Tenn., with his wife, AMY 
(SPEARS), '95, and their son, 
Charles Robert Reed, III. 

CASSIE (PAYNE) '94, and Tim 

FISH announce the birth of their 
son, Josiah James Allan, on Feb. 28. 
Josiah joins siblings Caleb, 8; Anna 
Blair, 6; Leah, 4; and Ruth, 2. The 
Fish family lives in Franklin, Tenn., 
where Tim is divisional president for 
Riverbirch Homes, Nashville. Cassie 
runs a sewing business from their 
home and home schools their chil- 

PHIL, '96, and CHRISTY 

announce the 

birth of their 

third child, 

Micah David, 

on Feb. 4. 

Micah Micah Prewette 

weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., and was 20 Vi 

inches long. He joins big sister Talia, 

6, and big brother Josiah, 4. 

Brent and Tara Randall 

TARA LUTHER, '96, and Brent 
Randall were married Feb. 1 0, in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. Bryan alumni at 
the ceremony included matron of 
STULTZ, '93; bridesmaids 
'96; KATIE SPELL, '00; and 
SMITH, both <96. Tara is the daugh- 
ter of DRS. DAVID and SIGRID 
LUTHER, both '95H, and members 
of the Bryan music faculty. Tara 
returned in June 2006 from a three- 

year term with Greater Europe 
Mission in France, where she taught 
English to adults and served in the 
local church. Brent has worked as an 
architect for the firm Loving and 
Campos for the past 1 1 years. The 
couple resides in Concord, Calif.. 

AMANDA (HICKS), '98, and 
Brandon PARIS announce the birth 
of their daughter, Cambria Lee, on 
Dec. 14, 2006. Cambria weighed 8 
lbs., 15 oz. She joins big sister Clarity, 
3 V2. The Paris family lives in 
Chattanooga, Tenn., where Brandon 
has his own auto refinishing business. 

LYNDA MOORE, '96, lives in 
Spring City, Tenn., where she is owner 
and principal broker for Tennessee 
Valley Realty. 

PAUL, '96, and MELISSA 
(LUBKE), '98x, BARTH announce 
the adoption of their daughter, Ellie, 
in July 2005. Ellie, now 4, joins older 
siblings Robbie, 7, and Emma, 2. The 
Barth family lives in Chenoa, 111. 

MELINDA SNEAD, '98, and Matt 
Rowand were 
married July 
30, 2005, in 
Atlanta, Ga. 
Matt and 
Melinda live in ( 
Suwanee, Ga. 
Melinda is an 
event coordi- 
nator at North Rowand 
Point Community Church and Matt is 
a financial analyst for GE Capital. 

2000s %; 

Class Representatives 
2001: Elizabeth Miller 
2002: Jonathan Mobley 
2003: Matt Lowe 
2004: Taylor Smith 
2005: Barton Stone 
2006: Rob Palmer 

ZAC BROWN, '01, a math teacher 
and head wrestling coach at Rhea 
County High School, Evensville, 
Tenn., was named area wrestling 
Coach of the Year by the Chattanooga 
Times Free Press. Zac, in his third 
year as head coach, had two medalists 
and six qualifiers for the state 
wrestling tournament. His team was 
one of three co-winners of the Team 
of the Year award. 

Alumni Golf Tournament 

Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 5-7 

Four-person select shot 

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 

Door prizes and goody bags 

Prizes for longest drive and 

closest to the pin 

Have your business sponsor a 

hole or donate a prize 

Call 1-800-55-Bryan or visit 

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KRISTI (SIMMONS), '01, and 


announce the I 

birth of their 


Kayden Lee, 

on Sept. 19, 

2006. Kayden I 

weighed 8 lbs. Jonathan and Kayden 

and was 20 Hudlow 

inches long. She joins big brother 

Jonathan, 3. The Hudlow family lives 

in Rome, Ga. 

ODOR, both '01, announce the birth 
of their daughter, Jenna Charis, on 
Feb. 1. The Odor family lives in 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Kelly and Karis Kroeker 

and Jonathan KROEKER work with 
Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil. 
Jonathan does much of the mainte- 
nance work at their center, and will be 
heavily involved in the center's move 
to a site near Brasilia next year. Kelley 
and Jonathan plan a short furlough to 
the States with their daughter, Karis, 
this summer. 


both '02, announce the birth of their 
son, Micah Robert, on Aug. 4, 2006. 

lo Christ above all 

Micah joins big brother Ethan, 2. 
Robert received his Master of 
Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary 
in May 2006, and was ordained in 
October by the Korean- American 
Church of Philippi, where he is pas- 
tor of English ministries. Paula works 
part time as children's director at the 
church and stays home with the boys. 

Ethan and Micah Kendall 

LEWIS, '03, 

has been 
awarded the 
Bronze Star for 
.valor during; 
I his last tour in 
Iraq. The inci- 
dent which 
resulted in the 
award hap- 
pened during a firefight and vehicle 
chase through a Bagdhad neighbor- 
hood. Lucas is stationed with the 1 0th 
Mountain Division in Fort Drum, 


and Roy 

announce the 
birth of their 
daughter, Audra 


Audra Raines 

BOB ANGOVE, '03x, and 
ABIGAIL SNEAD, '05, were mar 
ried July 1 6, 
2005, in 
Atlanta. The 
Angoves live 
in Charlotte, 
N.C., where 
Abigail teach- 
es and coach- 
es soccer and 

Bob works in Angove 

sales for an exterminating company. 

Katie Flynn 

KATIE FLYNN, '05, has passed her 
Maryland state EMT-B certification 
and plans to take the national registry 
exam. She works for the Army at 
Aberdeen Proving Grounds doing 
research on toxins and their treat- 


Ryan Freeman 
were married 
July 30, 2005, 
and their 
Abigail Marie 
Freeman was 
born Nov. 23, 
2006. The 

Ryan and Jennifer 

Kaye, on Nov. 3, 

2006. The Raines family lives in 

Cleveland, Tenn. 

Freeman family lives in Athens, Tenn. 

Justin and Rachel Lonas 


GENTRY, both '06, were married 
Oct. 7, 2006, in Hixson, Tenn. 
Alumni in the wedding party included 
'06x, KEELAN DIEHL, '06, and 
BECA YARNELL, '06x. Justin is a 
publisher at AMG International for 
Pulpit Helps magazine and Rachel 
teaches English in Hamilton County, 

With the 

LOWELL HOYT, '42, of Dayton, 
Tenn., died April 6. He is survived by 
his wife, REBECCA (PECK) 

HOYT, '40; five sons, and a daugh- 


'43, of Winona Lake, Ind., died 
March 19. She is survived by her hus- 

'43, and two daughters. 

Word recently was received of the 
death of JOHN QUIMBY, '45, of 

Brecksville, Ohio, on March 21, 2005. 
He is survived by his wife, Fran, and 
three daughters. 

Word recently was received of the 
death of EDWIN SVEDBERG, '57, 
of Waxhaw, N.C., in June 2006. He is 
survived by his wife, Doris Svedberg, 
and three children. 


of Ooltewah, Tenn., died April 2. She 
is survived by her husband, TITUS 
FREULER, '90. 

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Good memories of her experience at Bryan have 
led Shirley Jurliss Hobson to take steps to 
ensure those same opportunities are available for 
new generations of students. 

Shirley, who recently returned to campus to celebrate 
the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1957, said she is 
thrilled with the way Bryan is going and growing. 

"I was back to campus one time many years ago," she 
said. "Then I was back two years ago when (husband) Mel 
received his Golden Diploma. I'm really thankful for what's 
happening at Bryan; it's so up-to-date and current. We're 
looking for people to send to Bryan." 

Coming to Bryan the first time was a little more of a 
challenge. "Her mother wanted her to go to Ohio State, 
and said she would help financially," Mel explained. "Her 
grandmother in South Dakota wanted her to go to Brigham 
Young University and would have paid for all four years." 

"That was before I was saved," Shirley interjected. 
"God stepped in and prevented that." 

Instead, she opted to come to Bryan, following the 
example of a friend from her home church, Naomi 
Hildebrand Walkwitz, a member of the Class of 1955. "I 
visited her at Bryan and liked what I saw and enrolled and 
graduated as an English major." 

At Bryan, Shirley was involved with the Christian 
Service Association, the predecessor organization to 
Practical Christian Involvement. She even won blue ribbons 
for tennis, as a singles and a doubles player. "I still play ten- 
nis once or twice a week," she said. 

Several years after graduating, Shirley returned to school 
to earn education certification, and spent 30 years as an ele- 
mentary school teacher. "I loved the challenge of teach- 
ing," she said. "I loved seeing children learn. The Lord 
opened doors for me and blessed me as a teacher." 

Mel and Shirley Hobson 

Recently a speaker at their church challenged her to 
consider what she was doing with funds she had saved for 
her retirement. "He encouraged us to use our money to 
honor God," she said. "That touched my heart. 

"We decided to invest in a gift annuity so after we pass 
on it will be used for the advancement of 'Christ Above 

While the annuity will benefit Bryan College eventually, 
it has almost doubled the income that money was earning. 
"There is a big tax break as well, and when my accountant 
understood what we wanted to do he said, "Absolutely do 
it," she added. 

Development Director Jim Barth said Mrs. Hobson's 
experience is typical. "Many friends of Bryan College find 
that when they have money invested in CDs or other 
instruments they can double or triple their income, receive 
a significant tax break and leave a legacy that will benefit 
the college." 

Individuals interested in learning more about gift annu- 
ities or other gift-planning possibilities may contact Mr. 
Barth at or by calling 423-775-7280. 

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